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I am a nurse educator at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal. I have six years of experience in the nephrology realm, and previously worked in the cardiac intensive care unit. I began my renal journey as a nurse in a hemodialysis unit then transitioned to a nurse clinician in home therapy to empower patients to be active in their treatments by performing their hemodialysis sessions in the comfort on their own home. After two years, I transitioned to assistant nurse manager in a hemodialysis unit, which combined my two passions, empowering nurses to provide excellent care and being directly involved in patient care. In nephrology, the hemodialysis patients are like family, and what I love about this aspect is that the nurses know their patients and can tell from seeing a patient down the hallway that "something is not right today", and then the critical thinking kicks in. Being an assistant head nurse made me realize that the way to inspire patient-centred care and give the nurses tools to empower their practice is through education. Through teaching, I strive to promote the best care possible though education, keeping up with the latest research, and open communication with the team. I am truly excited to start my journey as the vice-president (Quebec) because CANNT's mission aligns with goals I want to achieve not only for my nephrology department, but for all nephrology nurses and technologists in the province of Quebec.




I was born in Toronto, Ontario, and I am the proud parent of three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, now all grown up. My nursing career began in 1977 when I completed the Registered Nurses Assistant course and enrolled in the Registered Nursing program at Humber College in 1979, and graduated in 1981. I started my career in nephrology in 1983, and in 1998, when my son was five years old, I wrote my Canadian Nursing Association (CNA) exam and became a CANNT member. I was fortunate to be able to work part-time, which allowed me to return to university and obtain a degree in nursing from Ryerson and later a Master's of Nursing from the University of Toronto. My interests include travel, card games (especially rummy and euchre), badminton, and spending time with family and friends.



REGION 2019-2022

Deidra Goodacre is the regional dialysis access coordinator for BC's Northern Health region. She is the chair of the BC Provincial Vascular Access Educators Group, which helps develop vascular access clinical guidelines for the BC Renal Agency. She is married with two busy and energetic boys, both in French Immersion. Her interests include travelling, skiing, and spending time with her family. She graduated from University of Northern British Columbia with a degree in nursing in 2004. Hemodialysis sparked her interest in renal nursing in 2006, and she went on to work in both the CKD clinic and cardiac care where she attained her certification in nephrology nursing. In 2015, she began her position in dialysis access, which combines two of her greatest passions, teaching and providing excellence in patient care. She will work diligently to represent Western Canada in her role as vice-president.




Wow... 2020 will make 23 years that I will have been in nephrology. I started in 1996, as a dialysis technologist at the General Hospital pre-amalgamation (Ottawa Hospital). I then helped open one of two independent health facilities in the Ottawa area under Fresenius Medical Care. I have been back at the hospital for 17 years. As I write this intro, I have just accepted a new role as a biomedical technologist II at The Ottawa Hospital with links to nephrology.

I have been part of CANNT since 1996, as well. I have helped move the technologist from technical member-at-large role to a full VP position. I held both positions when I held the VP position from 2002-2006. Within those years, with technologists from across Canada, we created the first ever home dialysis standards. Years later, based on our original work, the CSA would create national home standards for home dialysis.

I have been an educator, technical mentor, and technical trainer through the years, and hope that I can use this collective experience to help the next generation. As a professor at La Cite collegiale, I help explain rules and regulations to the next generation of technologist as to why we need to strive to do our best. When I started my career as a dialysis technologist in 1996, my son was one. Today, my three boys keep me busy and my daughter, while playing with the angels, reminds me of why I strive to be the best technologist for our patients. I wear many hats (dialysis technologist, teacher, father, husband), but the best part of my career is that I am able to call nephrology care providers my friends. I cannot wait to meet and serve you over the next year.
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Date:Oct 1, 2019
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